Konami are already doing some interesting things in the realm of arcade games with initiatives such as their e-Amusement service, which lets you create save data for arcade games on your mobile phone and their Paseli service, which allows arcade operators to price games more flexibly. Now, they’re looking at their trading card game business.
Konami have opened a “Konami Cardgame Station” at their corporate headquarters in Tokyo Midtown, moving operations from the station’s former location in Shibuya. The Cardgame Station requires a free membership, and after signing up, you’ll be able to play trading card games at the location at no cost.
The station will play host to trading card game events and contests, including release events. Konami will also hold classes to teach beginners how to play trading card games. For instance, there’s an event calendar that mentions Yu-Gi-Oh classes and tournaments on the Konami Cardgame Station website. They hope the station will help “stimulate communication” between trading card game fans.
Additionally, the Cardgame Station, Konami hope, will also provide them with a better understanding of customer opinions that they can take into consideration while designing future products.